Astros vs Braves Prediction MLB Picks Today 4/17

Astros vs Braves Prediction MLB Picks Today 4/17

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MLB Preview and Prediction: Atlanta Braves vs. Houston Astros

Get ready for an exciting clash as the Atlanta Braves take on the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. With the Braves aiming to extend their winning streak, and the Astros seeking redemption, expect a thrilling matchup on the diamond.


Game Overview:

  • Date: April 17, 2024
  • Time: 11:10 AM
  • Location: Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas
  • Line: ATL -145
  • Over/Under: 9.5


Team Breakdown:

Atlanta Braves:

The Atlanta Braves enter the game with an impressive 10-5 record and are riding a two-game winning streak. With their strong momentum, the Braves aim to continue their winning ways and secure another victory against the Astros.

Pitching Analysis:

Max Fried takes the mound for the Braves, looking to improve upon his performance after a rocky start to the season. Despite his early struggles, Fried has the talent and capability to deliver a strong outing and stifle the Astros' offense.

Batting Leaders:

  • Home Runs: Marcell Ozuna (7 HR)
  • Batting Average: Marcell Ozuna (.365 AVG)
  • Runs Batted In: Marcell Ozuna (22 RBI)

With sluggers like Marcell Ozuna leading the charge, the Braves' lineup has the firepower to generate offense and put pressure on the Astros' pitching staff.


Houston Astros:

The Houston Astros come into the game with a 6-12 record, looking to bounce back after a recent loss to the Braves. With their home-field advantage, the Astros aim to turn the tide and secure a win against Atlanta.

Pitching Analysis:

J.P. France gets the start for the Astros, but he's struggled early in the season with a 0-2 record and a high 8.22 ERA. The Astros will need France to find his rhythm and deliver a strong performance to keep the Braves' potent lineup in check.

Batting Leaders:

  • Home Runs: Jose Altuve (5 HR)
  • Batting Average: Jose Altuve (.403 AVG)
  • Runs Batted In: Kyle Tucker (13 RBI)

With hitters like Jose Altuve and Kyle Tucker, the Astros' lineup has the potential to generate offense and pose a threat to the Braves' pitching staff.


Game Odds:

Team ML Total Spread
ATL (10-5) -145 o9.5 (+110) -1.5 (+110)
HOU (6-12) +125 u9.5 (-130) +1.5 (-130)



In this matchup, we predict the Atlanta Braves to emerge victorious. Here's why:

The Braves have a clear advantage on the mound with Max Fried, who has the talent to bounce back and deliver a strong performance. Facing a struggling J.P. France, the Braves' offense should have opportunities to score runs and provide ample run support for Fried.

Offensively, the Braves boast a formidable lineup led by Marcell Ozuna, capable of capitalizing on France's struggles. With their pitching advantage and potent offense, the Braves are well-positioned to secure a win in this contest.

Pick: Atlanta Braves ML -145

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